Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you know, I've spent a number of years working with youth in Pittsburgh. I also have three kids of my own in the Pittsburgh Public School system. I care about the condition of Pittsburgh's schools and about the future of the children who are educated in our district. Because of all these factors, I joined the Pittsburgh Promise Pittsburgh Marathon charity team in 2010 when I ran my first full marathon. I've participated on the team every year since then. Since I've been in full time seminary, I've been running the half marathon distance of 13.1 miles, which is what I'll be running this year as well with a goal to finish in under 2 hours. Next year, I plan on returning to the full 26.2 miles to celebrate the 5th anniversary of my first marathon.
Why do I do this? Partly just because I can and I love it! But I specifically participate on the Pittsburgh Promise team to raise money to help send Pittsburgh Public School students to college. Students who graduate high school with good attendance and acceptable GPA are granted up to $40k each toward college tuition! Please check out the website at http://pittsburghpromise.org for more information.
Here's how you can contribute to my charity run: First and foremost, please support our team financially. You can make donations of $10 or more on my secure website at: http://www.crowdrise.com/pittsburghpromisepitts2014/fundraiser/charissahowe If each person I'm reaching out to did this, we together could fund half a school year or more for one Pittsburgh college student. As an added incentive, I'm offering a hand knit scarf by yours truly to the first person to donate.
I also covet your prayers and pep talks. You can pray for each person on the team who is training for this event. We have a few runners running the full marathon this year and I can attest that it's a lot of hard work. Even training for the half marathon is hard work - especially when you're trying to set a personal record. My current best time is 2 hours, 8 minutes. 8 minutes doesn't sound like much until you're in the race. Please feel free to pep talk me and ask about training whenever you see me.
Thanks, everyone! You can keep up with the journey on my site at http://www.crowdrise.com/pittsburghpromisepitts2014/fundraiser/charissahowe.